IHF Cork Branch’s new chair elected

Ciaran Fitzgerald (2nd from left) of the Blue Haven Collection, elected Chair of the Cork Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), pictured with (l-r) IHF Cork Branch Officer, Eoghan Murphy; former Chair, Joe Kennedy and Branch Officer, Dafydd Lewis. (Photo: Brian Lougheed)

Ciaran Fitzgerald, MD of The Blue Haven Collection, has been elected Chair of the Cork Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), which represents hotels and guesthouses across the city and county.

In a hotel career spanning twenty years, Ciaran oversees the Blue Haven Collection’s portfolio of boutique hotels, specialist bars and restaurants. An active member of the IHF for many years, he brings extensive experience to the role, having previously served as vice chair of the branch. Ciaran is a graduate of University College Cork and a qualified chartered accountant.

Mr Fitzgerald will succeed Joe Kennedy and is looking forward to the challenge.

“Hotels and guesthouses throughout Cork make such a vital contribution to local tourism and our wider economy. I look forward to representing them and working closely with my IHF colleagues to engage with Government and industry partners to address the challenges we face head on, including the very high costs of doing business within our industry. This is an increasing concern and requires swift action from the Government,” he said.

“On behalf of my colleagues and fellow hoteliers in Cork, I wish to acknowledge and thank Joe Kennedy for his leadership and the tremendous commitment he has demonstrated throughout his tenure as Branch Chair. During this time, he has provided a strong voice for local hotels, advocating on behalf of our sector and wider tourism industry here in Cork,” he concluded.